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20 Ways To Make Your Save-the-Dates Awesome

  |   By Roseanne Dela Rosa

You've locked in a date and things are getting real now, but you need to alert your friends and family members so they can free up their schedules. Not only do save-the-dates give guests a heads up about your upcoming vows, but they are also a simple yet informative way to let your nearest and dearest know what kind of party to expect.

We scoured the web for some of our favourite designs and curated ideas that are sure to impress your guests and ratchet up the anticipation.


Play word games

Save-the-date from Minted.

This Scrabble-inspired save-the-date is a quirky yet classy way to incorporate your love for words and board games into your invitations. Consider using colours you plan to carry through in your decor and you'll score bonus points for effort.


Stay on theme

Save-the-date from Weddingstar.

Tying the knot amid rows and rows of lush vineyards? Let guests in on your wedding location with grapevine-adorned save-the-dates.

Whether you opt for the wine country in Napa or Lake Okanagan, these digital pre-invites set the scene. Of course, you may choose to wed near a beach, mountain, or forest; relevant natural elements can also inform design choices.


Get a bit silly

Save-the-date from Minted.

Show off your cheeky personas with an original save-the-date like this one. Humorous save-the-dates get the LOLs going and let your guests know that your wedding will be a fun and casual celebration rather than a fuddy-duddy formality.

You can incorporate those bright colour choices on your big day with vivid florals that are far from boring.


Go bold or go home

Save-the-date from Ceci New York.

For a modern approach, have your save-the-dates letter-pressed on bold colours such as hot pink and black.

Give yourself an excuse to socialize and hand-deliver these little beauties, or post them so guests can receive mail they actually want for once. Confirm receipt via text.


Embrace your getaway

Save-the-date by Sideshow Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Are you planning on having an exotic destination wedding somewhere far-flung? Imagine saying "I Do" with sand between your toes and your squad in attendance in, say, Tulum, Mexico.

You might want to go with passport-like save-the-dates that include motifs from the travel destination to pique your guests' interest and stoke their wanderlust.


Get with the kitch

Save-the-date from Love Vs. Design.

Ever wondered why cute bicycles are mounted on many a cafe wall, other than to appease cycling enthusiasts who pop by every morning for a cuppa joe?

Perhaps it's got something to do with their link to being carefree with the wind in your hair. Get the wheels turning and let your loved ones know they'll be in for a leisurely time when you get hitched.


Showcase your rustic side

Save-the-date from One Plus One Design.

Show off your passion for the great outdoors with a postcard design complete with a photo of you and your partner, backdropped by nature.

Use sepia shades and include pressed flowers for a dash of colour and delicate embellishment.


Make it an infographic

Save-the-date from Wedding Paper Divas.

Make your save-the-date more intriguing with a flowchart cataloging milestones leading up to walking down the aisle.

We're super into this idea, especially if you or your other half have occupations where spreadsheets and power points dominate your days, and your invitees can relate.


Au natural nuptials

Save-the-date from e.m. Papers.

DIY a bit of your save-the-date with this down-to-earth template, which is completely customizable and printable.

It's perfect for an atmospheric garden wedding, and we can almost hear the birds chirping and see the lights twinkling before it all becomes real.


Tease the trip

Save-the-date from DelightInk.

If you want to go a slightly different route than the passport idea, let your guests know where they're headed for your celebration with a faux boarding pass.

Pop in the date, time, and location of the big day where your flight details would usually be. Or double down, and use both a boarding pass and a passport holder.


Mark it on the calendar

Save-the-date from Wedding Paper Divas.

Go back to basics. Choose a photo from your engagement with you and your partner looking all googly-eyed at each other. Pair it with a mini calendar and circle your wedding date.

Et voilà! That's your save-the-date checked off your to-do list in style.


Keep it simple

Save-the-date from Minted.

Don't overthink your save-the-date. For a sleek and oh-so-cool design, pick a dreamy photo of you and your spouse-to-be (a black and white or sepia image is a classic choice) imprinted with your wedding date.

It's straightforward yet sophisticated, and we're fully on board.


Say it in shapes

Save-the-date from Bella Figura.

In love with the idea of letterpress? Send a heart-shaped save-the-date romantically scripted with your names and date.

We don't know about you, but we're sensing serious Bridgerton vibes from this one—it just might make us swoon!


With a bit of whimsy

Save-the-date from Hello! Lucky.

Share your enthusiasm for adventure with a dreamy hot air balloon design. Your guests will be swept up from the get-go.

Choose colours you'll include in your big day's styling and decorate the hot air balloon and background with forthcoming attractions.


Rustic and recycled

Save-the-date from Allie Ruth Design.

This save-the-date idea is simple and charming.

Decorate kraft paper with pretty black calligraphy and white lacy designs, and your neutral palette will set the tone for a minimalist ceremony that's full of character and soul.


Get noticed

Save-the-date from Wedding Paper Divas.

You're getting married! You're so in love, you'd shout it from the rooftops if you could.

Employ loud colours like rose or fire engine red, and use huge fonts with cute little hearts. Your guests will get the message, we promise.


Old fashioned elegance

Save-the-date from Weddingstar.

Planning a soiree in the country? Match your venue to your save-the-date by incorporating clues to your location into your design.

In this case, wheat portends a prairie celebration. The overall effect is refined and graceful.


A maritime marriage

Save-the-date from Hello! Lucky.

Few places marry naughtiness and the nautical quite like the wedding. Going for a preppy aesthetic? Stripes and fonts in shades of navy blue, coral, or red are the ideal colour combination on white stationery.

Your guests will say, 'ahoy, matey, I'm in!' in no time.


A high-class affair

Save-the-date from Wedding Paper Divas.

Nothing says formal wedding like a majestic monogram paired with tasteful fonts in shades of cream, gold, and grey. Ooh la la!

It's positively regal and fitting for the one day where you get the royal treatment.


A sweet save-the-date

Save-the-date from Minted.

Share a snapshot of you and boo that looks like it came straight out of your album.

It's adorable and could even point to a fun photo booth at the reception.

This article was originally published on Jul 19, 2012

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